B1G team's slim chances at bowl contention ended after NMSU bowl waiver is approved by NCAA
New Mexico State’s bowl waiver has been approved, which means the Aggies will be playing in a bowl for the first time in 61 years.
It’s not such good for the B1G and SEC, as 2 of their teams won’t be headed bowling. With the NCAA approving New Mexico State’s waiver, both Michigan State and Auburn have been eliminated from bowl contention. Both the Spartans and Tigers were 5-7 on the season, failing to reach the .500 threshold for a bowl game.
They could have made it due to their high APR ratings, which are the qualifications for the next team allowed in after all 6-6 teams have been accounted for. With NMSU being declared eligible, only 2 spots remain at the table. Buffalo plays Friday with a chance to move to 6-6. The final spot, should Buffalo win, will be claimed by Rice, which has the highest APR score.
Source: New Mexico State's bowl waiver has been approved and the Aggies will be in a bowl game, @TheAthletic has learned.
The 5-6 Aggies had a game vs. SJSU canceled earlier. It's NMSU's second bowl game in 61 years, in Jerry Kill's first season. @Brett_McMurphy first reported.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 1, 2022
NMSU petitioned the NCAA for bowl eligibility after finishing the season 5-6, but missing a game that was cancelled. NMSU was schedule to play San Jose State back in October, but the game was cancelled and not reschedule due to freshman running back Camdan McWright being killed in a bus accident the day before the game. The NCAA agreed with the waiver request, noting the extraordinary circumstances.
Bowl matchups and scheduled will be announced on Selection Day, which kicks off Dec. 4 at Noon.